Thermal healing

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Damn thunderstorms in this city!!  It rained all morning and only started clearing just before midday, which was a real bummer as this was my last day in Budapest and there was still loads to see.  The thermal baths were the main agenda for the day, with me desperately hoping for some foot relief, as it was really sore due to the previous days wanderings.  After taking in the market Nagycsarnok with all its tacky souvenirs, and then grabbing some scran we headed across town to the Szechenyi Furdo baths.  These date back to the 19th century, and have both indoor and outdoor pools, which was great as the day turned out to be a scorcher, despite the early morning rain.  The craic at the baths is that you pay a set amount to get in, and then if you leave within 2 hours you get a bit of your money back, and if you leave within 3 hours you get a tiny bit back.  So I bought my ticket and headed to the entrance, to be stopped by a burly Hungarian hand's in my face; apparently the baths were 'full'.  Yeah right, the guy was blatantly a simpleton and I reckon it was a bit of a scam so that you would run over the 2 hours.  Anyways, after waiting for about 10 minutes and watching about 15 people leave, he decided it was no longer 'full'. 
There are a variety of pools within the complex, all at different temperatures of water.  I started off with a soak in a 30 degrees pool, which was the perfect temperature.  The next one I got into was outdoors and much hotter at about 38 degrees I think, a little too hot.  After turning into a prune I felt it was time to cool off, so I thought I'd give the 19 degrees pool a try, aaaahhhhh!!!  It was soooo cold!!  Anyways, after about 2 and a half hours of soaking I was seriously getting wrinkled up, so it was time to do one and get out.  Claiming my 200 Ft on the way, what the strut, that's not even worth €1!  And the miraculous foot recovery I'd be hoping for hadn't happened dammit.  It was just the opposite, I think all the heat had made it swell and go all nasty and painful, boo hoo.
Headed back to the hostel on the metro system, which apparently was the first built in Europe.  It certainly looks like one of the oldest (read worst) that I've been on.  I wasn't too impressed with the ticket system either....
Well, time was up, the end of my last day in Budapest.  Overall I was a little disappointed in the city, I just didn't feel anything from it.
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